comscore Even Microsoft feels Windows Phone is dead as Skype no longer supports older versions

Even Microsoft feels Windows Phone is dead as Skype no longer supports older versions

Microsoft has killed Skype support for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1, which could mean that the company may have finally started losing faith in its mobile operating system.


Even though Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS has been around for years, it never got off the ground. Despite numerous efforts and push from Microsoft, Windows Phone never really got popular among developers and consumers alike. At the same time, Android and iOS not only become popular among, but have become the only two smartphone platforms that dominate globally. Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Mobile has also failed to impress the masses. And as a final slap to loyal Windows Phone fans who haven’t been able to upgrade from Windows Phone 8, 8.1, the company has killed Skype support for them. Also Read - Microsoft launches cybersecurity skilling program in India to train over 1 lakh learners

“We’ve begun to transition from a peer-to-peer based architecture to a cloud based one. This has allowed us to introduce innovative new features such as video calling, and improved account security to the most recent versions of Skype. As a result, some platforms will no longer be supported after October 2016, but you can still use Skype for Web directly in your browser,” Skype boss Gurdeep Pall wrote in a blog post. Also Read - Microsoft rolling out new Office UI for all Windows users: How to enable it

He further added saying while these decisions are tough to make, the latest move is taken to deliver better experience on supported devices. Starting October 2016, Skype won’t support smartphones running on Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows RT. The company will continue supporting smartphones running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above, iOS 8 and above, Mac OS, Windows XP (32-bit) and above, which includes Windows Vista, Windows 7 through Windows 10. Also Read - Microsoft launches a Minesweeper inspired Christmas special sweater

Out of total Windows Phones, 78.8 percent devices run on Windows Phone 8.1. If you own a Windows Phone that isn’t upgradable to Windows 10 Mobile, and you need Skype, you’ll have to switch to a smartphone running on Android or iOS. While one can opt for a smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile, looking at its bleak future, it would be difficult to trust.

Interestingly, Microsoft recently announced its Q4 earnings where the company beat street expectations with $22.6B in revenue. While the company has mentioned about gaining revenues from Office commercial products, cloud services, server products, enterprise mobility, Windows OEM, Surface and Xbox Live revenue, the phone revenue has declined by 71 percent.

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  • Published Date: July 21, 2016 4:53 PM IST
  • Updated Date: July 21, 2016 5:46 PM IST

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